From Staff Reports:
More than 400 JDRF supporters in Bossier City expected at JDRF One Walk™
With the help of corporate sponsors and supporters, JDRF’s Louisiana Chapter aims to raise $100,000 for critically needed type 1 diabetes research
More than 400 advocates representing local businesses, families, schools, and other organizations are expected to participate in JDRF One Walk™ in Bossier on Saturday, September 10th at the Louisiana Boardwalk. The event is JDRF Louisiana Chapter’s annual Walk, and is one of more than 200 community JDRF Walks nationwide that bring together hundreds of thousands of people each year who share JDRF’s vision to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). The event has set a fundraising goal of more than $100,000, which will help fund critically needed T1D research.
“Whether you have type 1 diabetes, know someone who does, or want to simply participate in an event that makes a huge impact on so many lives, JDRF welcomes you to our team,” says Jill Henry, Executive Director. “Thanks to the incredible supporters of JDRF One Walk, the community of North Louisiana, and supporters JDRF is able to direct even more funding toward important T1D research for the 1.25 million people with this serious disease. We are confident that together, we will reach our fundraising goal and ultimately be a part of turning Type One into Type None.”
JDRF One Walk is expected to draw an enthusiastic crowd of all ages, driven to support a great cause while enjoying an event that includes music, food, face-painting, and more family fun. On-site registration begins at 8:00 am and will be under the overpass on the boulevard of the boardwalk. Diabetes exhibitors at the event will be Lilly, Norvo Nordisk, Sanofi and TrialNet.
JDRF One Walk is the most powerful peer-to-peer fundraising program in the world for T1D, raising more than $68 million annually. Since 1992, the event has raised more than $1 billion dollars for life-changing T1D research—research that has led to breakthrough discoveries, many of which have already moved into clinical trials and real-world testing. Although there has been considerable progress, there is plenty more we have yet to accomplish. As JDRF’s flagship fundraising event and the largest T1D event in the world, JDRF One Walk provides the perfect opportunity to get more involved in your local JDRF community and show your commitment to creating a world without T1D.
About Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas loses the ability to produce insulin—a hormone essential to turning food into energy. T1D strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet or lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure.
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, policy influence and a working plan to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF has invested nearly $2 billion in charitable research over the past 45 years. For more information, please visit JDRF.org